In a season that has already seen four managerial casualties, under-pressure boss Tony Pulis could join them, after reportedly being given just two games left to save his job at struggling West Brom.
With the axe looming, the Daily Star reports that Pulis’ fate now hangs on West Brom’s next two games, which happen to be a home clash with Chelsea on Saturday, followed by a trip to Tottenham a week later, with losses in both almost certain to throw West Brom into the relegation zone.
After 11 games played, the Baggies currently sit at 16th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.
The club’s Chinese owner Guochuan Lai is flying in to watch Saturday’s game and will be aware of the unrest among fans after a run of just two wins in their last 20 league games.
Whilst they started the season well, with seven points out of a possible nine in their first three games, the have lost their last three on the bounce and haven’t secured a win since August.
Should Pulis keep his job after the Chelsea and Tottenham fixtures, he will be all-too aware that Albion will have to face Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all before the start of 2018.
Pulis could make a case that injuries have gone against him this season, but after a disappointing defeat in their last game at Huddersfield, the fury from the travelling Albion fans couldn’t be ignored.
Club Chairman John Williams is likely to be reluctant to sack Pulis after he only signed a new contract back in August, which would keep him at the club until 2019, but unfortunately for Williams and Pulis, the decision will ultimately rest with the club’s Chinese ownership.
But Pulis has certainly done the job he was brought in to do at the Albion since joining the club just under three years ago.
The 59-year-old managed to claw the club away from trouble and secured them a 10th place finish last season.
However, their form dipped at the end of the season, with two draws and seven defeats showing the start of the slump that has been realised this campaign, meaning collectively, Pulis’ side have only taken 12 points from a possible 60.